Robert P. Davis ( October 8th, 1929 - November 7th, 2005 ) was an American author, screenwriter, and film director whose works are primarily centered on aviation.
His 1960 short film, Day of the Painter, won an Academy Award in 1961 for Best Short Subject. Robert P. Davis's 1976 novel The Pilot, about an alcohol - abusing airline captain, served as the source material for his screenplay for the motion picture of the same title ( released in 1980 ), in which Cliff Robertson ( 1923 - 2011 ) acted out the lead role and also directed.
Robert P. Davis's books include Cat Five ( 1977 ), Control Tower ( 1980 ) and The Glass Cockpit ( 1991 ).
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